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12/19/2011

Contact:
Reed Hollinshead
Public Information Specialist
(208) 334-8881

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Responding to city input, no barriers planned for northern section of Eagle Road

EAGLE - Responding to community input, the Idaho Transportation Department will not install median barriers on Eagle Road from Oakhampton Drive (one-half mile north of Chinden Boulevard) to East Riverside Drive (just south of State Street). ITD's southwest Idaho District Engineer Dave Jones introduced the new proposal Dec. 8 at a meeting with Eagle city leaders and the public.


ITD still would install the medians in the portion of the project south of Chinden to Franklin, where the city of Meridian and local law enforcement are in favor of the separators.

The barriers were part of a proposed project next year to preserve the highway’s surface. Studies show Eagle Road traffic will double north of Chinden over the next 15-20 years. Improving safety and moving traffic more efficiently is a focal point, but those considerations are balanced with the community’s wishes.

“Our engineering analysis showed the barriers were warranted. But we need to balance engineering with community input,” Jones said. “While our initial public involvement efforts did not show opposition, we have clearly heard the community’s preference.“

ITD met several times with Eagle city leaders, area business owners and the public after concerns about the project were made.

“We appreciate ITD listening to the community and responding,” said Eagle Mayor Jim Reynolds.

The preservation project will remove and replace the top layer of asphalt, and will provide access-control barriers where supported. The project is estimated to cost $6.5 million.
 
Eliminating the median separators in that northern section of Eagle Road will save about $500,000 in the cost of the project.

The Idaho Transportation Department is responsible for all highways on the State Highway System – interstates, state highways and U.S. routes. All other roads are under the jurisdiction of the local, city or county entity.

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